Meet Veena Sahajwalla, the alchemist of waste

19 August 2015

Research and innovation is the driving force for Professor Veena Sahajwalla, the director of the SMaRT Centre who is also known as the ‘alchemist of waste’.

Scientia Professor Veena Sahajwalla is an engineer, Laureate Fellow, Founding Director of the Sustainable Materials Research and Technology Centre (SMaRT) at UNSW Australia, and 1 Million Women Ambassador.

Her work at the SMaRT Centre has earned her the title of "alchemist of waste". One of her most celebrated achievements is the invention of a process of recycling rubber tyres in steelmaking now known around the world as "green steel". To date 2 million passenger car tyres have been diverted from landfill.

So when it comes to developing value from waste, Veena is reinventing the wheel.

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